Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Selina

05.07.2013.
Author: Renāte Robežniece
PHOTO DONATION: Valters Polakovs (Valters Poļakovs)
 In reply to mother Kristine’s (Kristīne) request for help, one nice July morning we went to visit little Selina to Mezotne (Mežotne) parish together with the photographer Valters Polakovs.

As we enter the courtyard we are welcomed by a joyful dog that wants to be friends so much that it would not leave us during the visit and actively “helps” Valters during the photo session :)

The family consists of a mother, a father and a big brother Rics (Ričs). While mother pours water for coffee, Selina cheerfully sits in her big brother’s lap. Rics is currently Selina’s favourtie babysitter. Having assessed its financial condition, the family has decided that the mother will be the one to work, since she has bigger salary, while Rics will stay at home with the sister.
Little sister is a long hoped-for child. The parents dreamed of a daughter for several years, and when all their hopes had already disappeared, Selina turned up.

Selina is 1.5 years old, but her medical record is so thick that it is hard to imagine that all of it concerns one little girl...
Here is mother’s story:
“My daughter was born at P.Stradins’ Clinical University Hospital on 7 December 2010 long before the anticipated time, on 29-30th week of gestation; her weight was 1.360 kg and she was 39 cm tall, the latency period before the birth lasted almost 12 weeks in order for the little one to mature lungs. Over these two weeks, being left without any protection from infections, Selina fell ill with purulent meningitis. On the fourth day after the birth, frequent and severe apnea seizures started, therefore she was intubed and artificial lung ventilation was started. At some point the brain started to lack oxygen.
On the seventh day, we were transferred to BKUS 8th Department with the weight of 1.170 kg, undergoing artificial lung ventilation, being in critical condition, having bad thermoregulation and tendency to bradycardia.
Clinical diagnosis:
Premature delivery III degree, early neonatal sepsis, purulent meningitis, double neonatal pneumonia, foramen ovale, anemia in premature infant, hypoxic-ischemic brain injury: bilateral leukomalacia
The fight for Selina’s life started, meningitis would not give up, we tried stronger and stronger antibiotics, which, as it turned out later, negatively affected the heart.
Selina was discharged from BKUS on 27 January with the weight of 2.056 kg and being 43 cm tall.
Up to the age of 1, we used to go for examination every month, neurosonography of the head was performed; at the same time we had to visit other doctors who assessed Selina’s health condition – an eye doctor, a paediatric gynaecologist, as well as consultations at the Hearing Health Centre, where the daughter was diagnosed with impaired hearing of 3-4th degree.
After the discharge from the hospital, we did exercises taught by the BKUS micro speech therapist and physiotherapist every day; I taught all family members to do the handling we were taught at the hospital by Klaudija Hela (Klaudija Hēla); we used to go to the physiotherapist Sanita Dreimane to do exercises several times a week.
Selina started to roll over at the age of 7 months, to crawl – at the age of 1 year and 1 month, and at the moment she does not sit, does not crawl, does not walk. At the Hearing Centre we were offered psychologist’s consultation; in the conclusion it was stated that Selina’s gross motor skills or the development of body movements corresponded to the age of less than 6 months.
On 5 January 2012, the State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability established disability.”

The mother is very active, reads a lot, is interested in any possibilities of improving daughter's health.
If Selina stays in horizontal condition even longer, she might start falling behind in mental development and the Hearing Centre doctor Kuske (Kušķe) believes that by stimulating the development of quality of Selina’s movements the hearing will improve as well, since the impaired hearing is caused by neurological damages.
At the moment, Selina stands in the line for the state-paid standing frame, which she hopes to receive within a year, and for special baby carriage, which she has to wait for up to 2 years...

State-paid orthoses have already been ordered and she is about to get her turn for orthopaedic shoes.
At the moment, Selina has underwent 3 rehabilitation courses at Gailezers Hospital, one rehabilitation course at Vaivari Rehabilitation Centre and one hearing rehabilitation at Latvian Children’s Hearing Centre.

Taking into account that the rehabilitation courses underwent in Latvia did not have any effect, the mother started to take interest in other possibilities and consulted Selina’s family doctor Ina Mortukane; the doctor accepted to choice to take Selina to Ukraine, Truskavets Rehabilitation Clnic.

Selina’s small legs, when they touch the ground, want to run and move so fast the mother has difficulties in holding her daughter!

We can help fulfil Selina’s dream to take her first steps one day!

In order for Selina to be able to go to Truskavets on 10 September and undergo a two-week rehabilitation course, EUR 3,366 (LVL 2,360) are required!

Let’s help!

STILL NEED HELP: LVL +568.29 (of LVL 2,360; 14.11.13.*):
*We will be regularly updating the names of donators and the amount of provided help
*We will definitely inform about the exact use of the sum in our next photo-report

MANY THANKS TO THE ANGELS OF SELINA:

Linda Ramane – LVL 5,- (20.07.12.)
Inga Rikmane – LVL 20,- (20.07.12.)
Silvija Rikmane – LVL 20,- (20.07.12.)
Vita Markevica – LVL 5,- (21.07.12.)
Anta Stankeviča – LVL 5,- (21.07.12.)
Linda Kaufmane – LVL 5,- (22.07.12.)
Everita Kalniņa – LVL 15,- (22.07.12.)
Zane Trasūne – LVL 50,- (23.07.12.)
Jānis Matuzonis – LVL 15,- (23.07.12.)
Krista Blūma – LVL 20,- (23.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Marika Jakubovska – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 1,- (23.07.12.)
Sanda Laimiņa – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Ilga Bāliņa – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Aija Ozola – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 2,- (23.07.12.)
Dzintars Matuzonis – LVL 20,- (23.07.12.)
Baiba Laure-Svilāne – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Agneta Skrimble – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Daina Bļinkova – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Sigits Miļkints – LVL 3,- (23.07.12.)
Ivita Markevica – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Rainers Rikmanis – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Dace Dreijere – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Ina Dziļuma – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Līga Japiņa – LVL 1,- (23.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Vita Dupure – LVL 3,- (23.07.12.)
Ieva Karkovska – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Paula Ieva – LVL 8,- (23.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (23.07.12.)
Ieva Zeltiņa – LVL 10,- (23.07.12.)
Vita Munda – LVL 20,- (23.07.12.)
Vineta Buls – LVL 100,- (24.07.12.)
Vija Rupka – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Dace Puriņa – LVL 7,- (24.07.12.)
Inga Lāce – LVL 10,- (24.07.12.)
Laura Eglīte – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Līga Vanka – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Egija Matuzone – LVL 10,- (24.07.12.)
Armands Jegorčenko – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Dagnis Vopijašins – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Ainārs Mežinskis – LVL 30,- (24.07.12.)
Gints Vecelis – LVL 100,- (24.07.12.)
Arnis Čukurs – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
SIA “AUTO STARTS TŪRE” – LVL 200,- (24.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 100,- (24.07.12.)
Džena Kundziņa – LVL 10,- (24.07.12.)
Zelma Buile – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Una Vilciņa – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Ludmila Pavlovska – LVL 20,- (24.07.12.)
Anita Kleinberga – LVL 5,- (24.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (24.07.12.)
Edīte Kārkliņa – LVL 0,5 (24.07.12.)
Silvija Kenebuka – LVL 10,- (25.07.12.)
Agnese Narvaiša – LVL 1,- (25.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (25.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 6,- (25.07.12.)
Liene Smilgdrīva – LVL 5,- (25.07.12.)
Madara Apsīte – LVL 5,- (25.07.12.)
Zane Rožkalne – LVL 10,- (26.07.12.)
Raisa Kravcova – LVL 10,- (26.07.12.)
Maira Biļūna – LVL 20,- (26.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (26.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (26.07.12.)
Aija Leonoviča – LVL 5,- (26.07.12.)
Laura Šembele – LVL 5,- (26.07.12.)
Anta Indriksone – LVL 5,- (26.07.12)
Anonymous – LVL 500,- (26.07.12.)
Sandis Polis – LVL 5,- (26.07.12.)
Fonds Ziedot – LVL 10,- (27.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (27.07.12.)
Liene Širmane – LVL 10,- (27.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 1,30 (27.07.12.)
Inga Sāre – LVL 30,- (27.07.12.)
Airita Rubcova – LVL 4,- (27.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (27.07.12.)
Gita Lazdiņa – LVL 5,- (27.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 20,- (28.07.12.)
Festivāla Saldus Saule laikā saziedotie līdzeikļi – LVL 110,- (29.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 4,- (30.07.12.)
Jolanta Bura – LVL 20,- (30.07.12.)
Eva Šķipsna-Kiršteina – LVL 50,- (30.07.12.)
Ilze Daugina – LVL 1,- (30.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (31.07.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (31.07.12.)
Māris Liekmanis – LVL 3,- (01.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 3,- (02.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (02.08.12.)
Ligija Palma – LVL 20,- (03.08.12.)
Iveta Stumbre – LVL 10,- (03.08.12.)
Aija Dolgā – LVL 5,- (03.08.12.)
Johansen Truls Werner – LVL 20,- (03.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 3,- (03.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 50,- (03.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (03.08.12.)
Anita Pope – LVL 5,- (04.08.12.)
Jurijs Saveļjevs – LVL 10,- (06.08.12.)
Tatjana Budņeviča – LVL 2,- (06.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (06.08.12.)
Aija Šmite – LVL 10,- (06.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 5,- (07.08.12.)
Māris Cišs – LVL 10,- (07.08.12.)
Ivars Siliņš – LVL 50 (07.08.12.)
Sabīne Reņģīte – LVL 2,- (07.08.12.)
AS Preses apvienība – LVL 100,- (07.08.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 1,- (07.08.12.)
Agita Veite – LVL 15,- (07.08.12.)
Alevtina Čibizova – LVL 8,- (07.08.12.)
Dace Lovčinovska – LVL 3,49 (09.08.12.)
Ilze Audriņa – LVL 5,- (09.08.12.)
Leonards Strods – LVL 20,- (10.08.12.)
Maruta Skudra – LVL 30,- (10.08.12.)
Indra Zonnenberga-Zamberga – LVL 2,- (13.08.12.)
Kristīne Ieviņa – LVL 10,- (13.08.12.)
Ilona Kastra – 15,- (13.08.12.)
Raimonds Kalle – LVL 10,- (13.08.12.)
Gunta Gīme – LVL 20,- (13.08.12.)
Ramona Zoliņa – LVL 20,- (13.08.12.)
Vecmāmiņu klubiņš – LVL 50,- (13.08.12.)
Irina Trofimova – LVL 5,- (14.08.12.)
Krista Jansone – LVL 10,- (15.08.12.)
Iveta Millere – LVL 10,- (16.08.12.)
Anonymous -LVL 1,- (17.08.12.)
Kristīna Piko – LVL 5,- (29.08.12.)
Vineta Vīksna – LVL 5,- (31.08.12.)
Evita Ķivere – LVL 10,- (13.09.12.)
Jeļena Steļmačonoka – LVL 10,- (24.09.12.)
Jūlija Ručjeva – LVL 20,- (02.10.12.)
Evita Pudane – LVL 50,- (03.10.12.)
Ilva Utāne – LVL 10,- (09.10.12.)
Olga Glušaņina – LVL 6,- (22.10.12.)
Sigita Keiša – LVL 40,- (23.10.12.)
Irina Trofimova – LVL 6,- (16.11.12.)
Anonymous – LVL 10,- (07.12.12.)
Santa Ibragimova – LVL 50,- (27.12.12.)
Jevgēnijs Durnovs – LVL 50,- (07.01.13.)
Inga Vigrante – LVL 10,- (18.03.13.)
Anonymous – LVL 100,- (02.07.13.)
Irina Gržibovska – LVL 20,- (07.11.13.)
Aiga Blaumane – LVL 20,- (14.11.13.)

03.10.2012.
In summer, as a result of tragic accident Selina badly scalded herself. The doctors fought for her life for a long time… and now her condition has been stabilized. Many thanks to all the donators, since thanks to your prays and strong will to help, a miracle happened and Selina survived.
At the moment, the donated money will be used to treat scalds.
Today we have paid for special Cica-care plasters for the total sum of Ls 350.28. Thanks to LLC “R.A.L.” for special prices.

We will keep our fingers crossed for Selina to get well as soon as possible and to get ready to go to Truskavets for a rehabilitation course!

February 2013
We paid the invoice for rehabilitation in Truskavets in the amount of EUR 2,256.


April, 2014
Letter from Selīna’s mum

We are now in Vaivari and all the staff says that Selīna has a huge improvement in the development. She has started to talk much more. When she has a good mood she is singing along simple songs, also physically she wants and tries to walk very much. Her thinking has changed, too- from a baby she has become a small girl. There are many nyances that are difficult to describe. For example, she has starting being boastfulJ Her attitude to a sick boy in Vaivari was a discovery, the first time I saw that she is so careing, she is worried and feels sorry for somebody. It seems that the dolphin therapy has given a lot, especially in the emotional development! Many thanks to all contributors and supporters!


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